Category: Bluegrass Today Profiles

On This Day #34 – Bass Mountain Boys

| August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On this day …… On August 18, 1992, the Bass Mountain Boys released their first Pinecastle CD, Carolina Calling Me (PRC 1011). The 14 tracks were recorded at the Doobie Shea Studios, Ferrum, Virginia, by Steve Dilling [vocals/guitar /banjo], Johnny Ridge [vocals/guitar/fiddle], Mike “Hitman” Wilson […]

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Fiddlin’ Miss Kentucky, Ramsey Carpenter

| August 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
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It sounds like a movie script, doesn’t it. A beauty queen from the western part of the state wins the Miss Kentucky pageant, playing bluegrass fiddle for her talent competition. But that’s just what happened for Ramsey Carpenter when Miss Kentucky 2014 was announced in Lexington […]

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On This Day #33 – ‘Pee Wee’ Lambert

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On This Day ………….. On August 5, 1924, Darrell ‘Pee Wee’ Lambert was born in Thacker, West Virginia. Like many Appalachian entertainers of his day, he found that music was an abiding relief from coal mining. Lambert has been described as “a charter member” of […]

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Having a Coffee with … Amy Gallatin

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Having A Coffee With… is a fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so well known, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.  Born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Amy Gallatin grew up […]

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Songwriter Profile – Milan Miller

| July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Milan Miller started learning guitar around the age of five. Guitar is his primary instrument, but he also plays the mandolin, bass, piano, and “just enough banjo and Dobro to get myself into trouble.” Miller’s song catalog includes such Balsam Range staples as Calloway County […]

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Artist2Artist: Barry Waldrep – Play Banjo!

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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Baseball is a game of lineage more so than its other pro-sport peers. Stakeholders of this pastime value a certain overlapping of eras, strategies and philosophies that links together generations of the game. Similarly, stakeholders of bluegrass music value their own generation-to-generation ideals in the […]

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Young Uns #3 – Marteka and William Lake

| July 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
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William and Marteka Lake are, as young uns, unusual in that they have received a lot of press already. They are creating quite a storm among social media followers also. Geoff Stelling, a very big fan of the duo, said as much in a Stelling […]

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On This Day #32 – Lester Flatt Centennial

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On This Day …. On June 19, 1914, Lester Flatt was born in Duncan’s Chapel, Overton County, Tennessee. Had he lived until today he would be 100 years old. Lester Raymond Flatt, the singer and guitarist (and occasional mandolin player), first came to prominence as […]

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Artist2Artist: Larry Keel – What’s in a Jam Band?

| June 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
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A couple months ago, I addressed the idea that far too few of us bluegrass musicians give a “tip of the hat” or “shout out from stage” to the musical artists from whom we gleaned our technique or crafted our sound. We pick up licks […]

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On This Day #31 – The Churchmen

| June 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
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On This Day …………. June 8, 2014, marks the 25th anniversary of the formation of The Churchmen, a bluegrass Gospel band based in Collinsville, Virginia. The original members of The Churchmen were Freddy Rakes (banjo), Keith Clark (guitar), Jeff Mills (bass) and FD Black (mandolin). […]

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